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Admitted to Wayne State!

Congratulations Warrior! We're so glad you've decided to attend Wayne State to further your educational, personal and professional goals. Be sure you accept your offer of admission and pay your enrollment deposit so you can sign up for orientation.

We hope this page serves as a guide for you as you make your transition to Wayne State. There is a lot to do and learn about in the process and we're always here to help. Please email or call the Office of New Student Orientation whenever you have questions.

Sign up for your virtual orientation session - Orientation Part 1.

Due to the pandemic, all orientation-related activities are hosted online. When you make your orientation reservation, you unlock information and activities that will help you make your transition to Wayne State. You'll sign up for your orientation date based on your major - so be sure you check this when you make your reservation. Attendance is required for all incoming students (first-year and transfer) at your two-hour virtual program.

Make your reservation now!

  • Activate your WSU Academica account.

    Academica is your student portal and links you to all of your student resources including course registration, financial aid information, billing and academic advising. Set up your Account using your access ID (e.g. ab1234). The first time you log in to Academica, you'll use your nine-digit student ID as your password. This nine-digit student ID number, as well as your AccessID, is found on your Admitted Student Portal page. Once you log in with your initial credentials, the system will prompt you to change your password.

  • Review your degree audit in DegreeWorks.

    You'll use DegreeWorks throughout your time at WSU to track your progress to graduation. It is an audit of the work you have completed already, work you have in progress for a current semester and work you have yet to complete. Any credit that you have will also show here such as credit from dual enrollment, AP, CLEP or placement test. If you are/were dual enrolled in high school, you must have your college transcript sent separately to Wayne State. Once we receive your college transcript, we will evaluate your credits to see how they transfer to Wayne State.

  • Consider living on campus.

    There are tremendous benefits to living on campus. Not only are you steps away (quite literally) from your classes, but you're also close to the Recreation & Fitness Center, the libraries, campus activities and great friends! First-year students have an additional opportunity to live and be supported in our newly renovated historic residence hall called Chatsworth. The First Year Residential Experience (FYRE) community in Chatsworth offers more focused transition-to-college support and have in-hall access to campus resources.

  • Check your WSU email account.

    Upon admission to Wayne State, you are given access to your Wayne State email account, powered by Microsoft Outlook. Your Wayne State email address is your accessID (e.g. ab1234) with the domain name @wayne.edu. Therefore, ab1234@wayne.edu. You can access this email account through Academica.

    All WSU business-related information is sent here including important financial aid, billing and academic information. You are responsible for reading and responding to this email account even before starting classes. Further instructions on account set up can be found in your Orientation Canvas course.

  • Take placement exams.

    If you do not have ACT or SAT scores that you submitted with your admission application, you more than likely will need to take Wayne State placement exams before you can register for math, biology or chemistry courses. Biology and chemistry placement exams are offered online most Tuesdays and Thursdays. The math placement exam must be taken within one year (but please, please don't wait that long!) of being added to the exam subscription. Sign up for your placement exams at no charge through orientation. .

  • Read through and complete the Orientation Canvas course.

    Since we are unable to convey all of the great information about Wayne State during your two-hour virtual orientation program, we created a course in Canvas, our Learning Management System, where you'll complete asynchronous modules. You can work through this information on your own time and ask questions along the way! You'll complete the course by answering 5 checkpoint questions that are found throughout the modules. You are added to the course within one week of making your orientation reservation but you will need to have set up your Academica account in order to access Canvas.

  • Schedule an appointment with your academic advisor.

    While you will receive course recommendations from your advisor prior to your scheduled orientation session, we encourage you to take the time to meet with your academic advisor. Your advisor helps you navigate your degree program and connects you with Wayne State support resources. An initial appointment can be anywhere from 30 minutes to an hour and will be hosted virtually.

    Schedule An Appointment With Your Advisor

  • Explore financial commitments to your education.

    There is a financial cost associated with attending college. We want to help you understand these costs and how to set up your budget so you know how these costs will be paid. You may have received financial aid in scholarships, loans or grants. To prepare you for the upcoming semester, our Student Service Center offers SSCX programs. We strongly encourage you to attend one of the many programs offered throughout the summer so you understand how to navigate your financial aid and billing payments before classes begin. Make your reservation soon for one of our upcoming programs.

  • Register for classes.

    First semester. Every semester. Fall registration opens the week of March 29, 2021. When you make your orientation reservation, your academic advisor will send you a welcome email and a list of recommended courses prior to your scheduled orientation session (check your WSU email account for this information!). Below is a video our Orientation Leaders created to guide you through the course registration process. Our OL team also is hosting drop-in registration sessions through Zoom all summer long. Check your Orientation Canvas course calendar for dates, times and the link to join!

  • Attend your virtual orientation program.

    During your virtual orientation program, you'll connect with our Orientation Leader team, incoming students and academic advisors. While each program is offered at a different time, you can expect a great Welcome to Wayne State and overview of the university and financial aid in the first hour and then you'll transition to your academic school/college/program for the second hour. We also have an extended orientation opportunity to ask financial aid and billing questions after your academic meeting.

    Look for an email the week of your orientation program with your Zoom links. You can download Zoom beforehand or open the link using your web browser. Your attendance will be taken upon logging in to the program.

  • Join the student conversations in Wiser Warriors.

    As an admitted student, you have access to Wiser Warriors where you can chat with other incoming students, ask questions of current students and learn about events and support resources available to you.

  • Attend an SSCX (Student Service Center Express) program.

    This important interactive virtual presentation will help you understand information related to financial aid, billing and registration along with important dates to keep in mind. An SSC Specialist will reach out to you before your session to answer any individual question you have. Make your reservation now!

  • Make a parking plan.

    There are several ways of strategizing about how and where to park on campus - just ask our Orientation Leaders! Wayne State has several parking options to meet the needs of our students. You can choose to purchase a semester pass for a specific parking structure or lot, pay as you go to campus using your OneCard (load money on to your student ID to swipe as a debit card) or pay daily by swiping a credit/debit card.

    For the Fall semester, parking passes are usually available for purchase online in mid-July. Popular structures fill quickly so make your plan before by visiting the parking website. Feel free to use Wiser Warriors or the Canvas course to ask any questions you have.

    You also can park in metered parking along the streets but keep in mind that the city of Detroit is responsible for those meters, not Wayne State.

  • Prepare for Orientation Part 2.

    Orientation Part 2 is held just before fall classes begin, which is Sept. 1, 2021. Once you're registered for classes, you can set up your Get Involved account online. Log in with your Academica credentials (accessID and password) to access Wayne State events (like Orientation Part 2), activities, workshops and student organizations. Contact the Dean of Students Office with any questions you have about getting involved at Wayne State or setting up your account.

  • Purchase textbooks and course material.

    Just like parking on campus, everyone seems to have their own method of purchasing their textbooks. The Wayne State Bookstore is your go-to source of first-hand information on what textbooks your professor says you need for class. Find out which textbooks you need through the Bookstore. They have new and used books for purchase or rental. Be sure if you plan to find your textbooks online somewhere else, that you ensure the title, author and textbook edition are all the same as what the Bookstore has recorded.

    You also may notice that your online course information in Canvas has something called First Day Inclusive Access. This means that your instructor opted-in to this program to allow you online access to your course materials (i.e. textbooks). Your tuition and fees bill will include the cost of these materials, which are offered to you at a discounted price through this program. If you opt-out of the program, you are responsible for purchasing the course materials on your own and a refund will be applied to your account.

  • Attend Orientation Part 2.

    In August, right before classes begin, we have an opportunity for you to connect with Wayne State resources to prepare you for the start of classes. Orientation Part 2 is required for all incoming first-year students and strongly recommended for all incoming transfer students. We're making updates to this program as new information becomes available regarding the pandemic and public gathering restrictions.

  • Go to class Sept. 1!

    Our first day of fall class is on Wednesday, Sept. 1! Welcome, Warrior!